ATLANTIC CITY — The city’s casino-workers union, threatening to strike July 1 at five city resorts, has contract negotiations with casino management scheduled for Saturday and next week, a union spokesman said.

Workers represented by UNITE-HERE Local 54 will negotiate Saturday with representatives of Tropicana Atlantic City and will meet next week with representatives of Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Caesars Entertainment’s three city resorts, according to the spokesman.

The union started running radio ads in South Jersey on Thursday to explain workers’ decision last week to strike if they don’t have new labor contracts by July 1.

Local 54 represents about 9,600 bartenders, servers, porters and other hospitality workers.

About 6,000 members work at the properties subject to the July 1 deadline – Tropicana, Trump Taj Mahal, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort.

The workers seek restoration of a week or more of paid vacation relinquished during contract talks in 2011. They also want a wage increase of $3 per hour, phased in in 60-cent increments over five years, and employer contributions to the union's health fund sufficient to keep benefits at current levels.

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